Why did you come here?
Well— Well because… I— People keep… dying… and it— at first it was just names, and it was scary, but it… It wasn’t really right next to me until now. The brothers of people in my sisters year, then… Then Cian, who I might’ve spoken to once in my life, but I’d see him at Quidditch games, and Mafalda knew him, and it hurt her so much, and then… She’s in our year and— I never really knew her well but I’d had classes with her since first year, and just… It seems like a big archery target. Everybody has one, and they’re at the center of it, and different people they know are in different rings surrounding the center. And the closer you are to someone, the closer they are to the center of the target, and at first there were shots fired and they weren’t very close to the center of— of my metaphorical target, but the more shots that get fired, the closer in they seem to get, and the higher the probability of someone close to me getting hurt, like Mafalda or Alan or Nora or— or you. Sadie wasn’t… Like I said I never knew her too well, but she’s always seemed just sweet and friendly and peaceful and nice and… If someone like her, with such good intentions as her, if she can… If it can happen to Sadie, it could happen to anyone, couldn’t it?
And thats… I wanted… I realized that any one of us could die tomorrow. I mean, really, that’s always true. But it’s just… I’m scared, and… if I ever… if you ever… were to get hurt, or… or… or worse… I’d want— I’d— For— I wouldn’t want to have any regret or wounds or— I mean— I don’t— I want us to be okay, I mean, really, actually okay.
What? No. Not- not, no. I just ran into her… literally. She just, was it Sadie, as in the Sadie in our year? Are you certain?
M… Ye— S-Sadie Banks— I— I mean I— Her obituary— How much more certain can I be?
I think I understand.
Yeah. Good. But, either way, you should definetly finish reading it. Even though it’s long. The story doesn’t really start until about a sixth of the way in, anyway. I mean, the underta— There’s some characters in the beginning who end up being important later, but… You know, you should probably just… plug your ears if I start talking about it again.
Selma what happened?
Sadie’s… obit— her obituary… was… it was— It was in the Prophet… It was in the Prophet the other day.
It’s uh, it’s nice to see you. Here. In my house.
Did… Sadie’s… Sadie Banks… Sh— She… Do you know wha…